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  1. 20 Feb 2014
    Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold Podcast
    Preparations of the plant Echinacea are widely used in some European countries and in North America for common colds. Echinacea preparations available on the market differ greatly as different types (species) and parts (herb, root or both) of the plant are used, different manufacturing methods (drying, alcoholic extraction or pressing out the juice ...
  2. 23 Jan 2014
    Do acupuncture and related therapies help smokers who are trying to quit
    We reviewed the evidence that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy or electrical stimulation help people who are trying to stop smoking. Background Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy, generally using fine needles inserted through the skin at specific points in the body. Needles may be stimulated by hand or using an electric current (electroacupuncture). ...
  3. 18 Jan 2014
    Acupuncture for mumps in children
    Acupuncture has been used to treat children with mumps for hundreds of years in China. Benefits attributed to acupuncture include decreased swelling and pain, and shortening of the disease duration. According to traditional Chinese medicine, health is achieved by maintaining an uninterrupted flow of Qi, or energy, along 14 meridians. Mumps is caused ...
  4. 16 Jan 2014
    Vitamin A for preventing blindness in children with measles
    Annually 500,000 children become blind worldwide, 75% of them living in low-income countries. The major causes of blindness in children vary widely from region to region and are related to the standard of living of the community. Corneal scarring from measles, vitamin A deficiency, use of harmful traditional eye remedies and ophthalmia neonatorium (newborn ...
  5. 27 Nov 2013
    The use of omega-3 supplements in people with cystic fibrosis
    Cycles of infection and inflammation are believed to worsen lung function in people with cystic fibrosis. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, such as those derived from fish oils, may be anti-inflammatory and may benefit many chronic inflammatory diseases including cystic fibrosis. This review includes four small studies with a total of 91 participants ...
  6. 23 Oct 2013
    Vitamin C for asthma and exercise-induced breathlessness
    Review question This review considered the question of whether vitamin C may be helpful for people with asthma or exercise-induced breathlessness. Background Asthma is an inflammatory lung condition characterised by the narrowing of airways and is associated with wheezing, breathlessness, cough and chest tightness. Vitamin C has been suggested as ...
  7. 22 Oct 2013
    Pelargonium sidoides (Umckaloabo), a herbal remedy, for treating acute respiratory tract infections
    Umckaloabo is a herbal extract derived from the plant Pelargonium sidoides (P. sidoides) and is available in both tablet and liquid forms. The extract is used for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infections (ARIs) where antibiotic use is unnecessary. In the light of inappropriate antibiotic use and increasing drug resistance rates worldwide, ...
  8. 8 Aug 2013
    Vitamin C for preventing and treating pneumonia
    Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs usually caused by bacteria and viruses. Its clinical diagnosis is sometimes difficult. Pneumonia is more common in young children and in the aged. In low-income countries it causes two million deaths annually among young children. In the USA it is the most common cause of death from infection. Vitamin C was identified ...
  9. 18 Jun 2013
    Zinc for the common cold
    The common cold is often caused by the rhinovirus. It is one of the most widespread illnesses and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absence from school and work. Complications of the common cold include ear infection, sinusitis and exacerbations of reactive airway diseases. There is no proven treatment for the common cold. However, an even ...
  10. 31 May 2013
    Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold Podcast
    The common cold is a major cause of visits to a doctor in high-income countries and of absenteeism from work and school. There are over 200 viruses which can cause the common cold symptoms including runny nose, congestion, sneezing, sore throat, cough, and sometimes headache, fever and red eyes. Symptoms vary from person to person and cold to cold. ...

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